The final is approaching for our beautiful 13 finalists for Miss Scotland 2016. As the competition and each contestant’s journey to the final begins, we caught up with current Miss Scotland Mhairi Fergusson, who told us a bit what she has been up to since winning the competition last year.
Since winning Miss Scotland 2015, I have had an amazing year, travelling all around the world to some incredible locations and meeting amazing people!
First and foremost, Edinburgh is a city, which will forever hold a place in my heart, as although I already spent a lot of time there, this is where my official Miss Scotland ball was held. Hosting this event in the country’s capital, I succeeded in raising a large amount of money (£185,000), for my chosen charity, The Muir Maxwell Trust, which was my main focus throughout the year.
Apart from my home country, there are a few other places I have visited that have made this year extremely special. One of these locations is of course China, which is where Miss World was held. I spent a month there with 114 other girls from all over the world. We travelled within China and got the opportunity to see some amazing places! In particular I enjoyed watching the sunrise 400m above Sanya at Phoenix Hill Park. It was an amazing moment where the contenders and I got to reflect on the competition so far and have a moment of realisation of just how amazing the competition is – it really was a once in a lifetime experience!
This year, I also travelled to Cyprus, with Janis Sue Smith, Miss Scotland License Holder, Fashion Editor and Stylist for the Scottish Sun, and Photographer Andy Barr, who is also the official photographer for Miss Scotland, alongside another model. A week away doing bikini shoots was incredible fun, and I particularly enjoyed the sunrise and sunset shoots.
Other shoot locations include France, where I had a brilliant time, on a fashion shoot, despite freezing cold temperatures! I like to think of myself as adventurous so I had a blast ending the day by skiing down the mountain in a bikini!
Another incredible experience was in Jersey, where I was invited to attend the International Variety Awards, as a guest of the Miss World Organisation. Mrs Julia Morley received the humanitarian award and I was also involved in the event, speaking of my charity work throughout the year. It was a really magnificent event, where I got the opportunity to catch up with some of the Miss World 2015 contestants, the Miss World organization team and of course, Miss World, Mireia Lalaguna, who I became friendly with in China. I also met previous Miss Worlds, which was truly inspiring.
These are just a few of the amazing places and events I have been to in my year as Miss Scotland and really shows just how fantastic the opportunities are and how incredible the experience is! I’m wishing all the beautiful girls the best of luck as they begin their journey in the competition and I’m sure the next Miss Scotland will have a year just as incredible as mine!